Women of Innovation Finalist

Salad... or cake?!

Salad… or cake?!

I was a finalist in the 2013 Women of Innovation awards that took place yesterday. The reception dinner was really beautiful. I was tempted with cake from the very start!

It was a very well put together event with great speakers.

Dr. Terry Wahls, M.D. was the keynote speaker. Her story was unlike any I’ve ever heard so I can definitely see why they chose her! To summarize, she was in a wheelchair and faced with being bed-ridden and reversed her own Multiple Sclerosis through means of a paleo diet and neuromuscular stimulation.

She’s also written a book entitled The Wahls Protocol documenting her struggles and discovery, which you can order through Prairie Lights in Iowa City.

They had a record number of finalists for all categories this year! The category I was nominated for was Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership. All of us had to have started businesses and overcome some big obstacles as well. The finalist list for my category was:

  • Anitha Nallure – ePATHUSA
  • Ashley Hubler – University of Iowa
  • Breahna Galbreath (Beecher) – Revive Design Studios
  • Emma Peterson – Tikly
  • Erin Rollenhagen – Entrepreneurial Technologies
  • Kate Holt – University of Iowa
  • Terry Wahls – University of Iowa

Emma Peterson, from Tikly was the winner in our category. Congrats, Emma!

All finalists received a framed portion of the nomination sent to the Technology Association of Iowa.

My framed nomination

My framed nomination

Karl’s nomination was very kind. It says

“Breahna’s approach to community building has been inclusive to all genders, in spite of her position as frequently being one of the only women in the room when working on projects. Breahna’s great ability for friendly, effective communication, regardless of the age, gender, or tech experience level of her clients and collaborators make her an excellent ambassador for women in tech, and a great success story of what hard work can achieve in Iowa.”
~Karl Becker


I was very honored to be on stage with so many accomplished women!

I was very honored to be on stage with so many accomplished women!

I owe a huge thank you to my husband, Bryan. He got off of work early to drive me 1 1/2 hours to the event through the snow and freezing rain. He’s my biggest supporter. Thank you!

My husband and I at the Women of Innovations Dinner

My husband and I

Also, a big thank you to Principal Financial Group and the Technology Association of Iowa for giving me the opportunity to be apart of such a great event!

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